Young Navigators Award Scheme


As a Mountain Ranger there is the opportunity to gain nationally recognised navigation awards.  The focus of the Young Navigator Awards is to encourage exploration and journeying using simple maps such as street maps, pictorial park maps and orienteering maps. There is a gradual learning progression via One Star (bronze), Two Star (silver) and Three Star (gold) levels with certificates and badges available for achieving candidates.

The Young Navigator Star courses are fantastic for youngsters to actively learn outside the classroom, and the Gold level is often used as a lead-in for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.

The syllabus outlined below indicates the main intentions at each level.


  • Make simple maps of interior and exterior building features
  • Undertake journeys around the inside and outside of a building using a map
  • Orientate the map at different locations


  • Follow a defined route around a large school grounds or small park using prominent paths or tracks
  • Orientate the map against handrails and major point features at regular intervals
  • Understand the use of basic map symbols
  • Discover and investigate points of interest during the journey


  • Plan and follow a journey around a large area using prominent paths, tracks or roads
  • Identify prominent collecting features on map and ground
  • Discover and investigate points of interest during the journey
  • Understand basic walking safety issues